The best FIFA Defenders are the backbone of the finest teams in the game, with your centre backs the last line of defence and full backs playing an ever more important role in modern football.

Here on this page, we'll be listing FIFA 18's best defenders - which includes the best FIFA CB, the best FIFA LB, the best FIFA RB and the best wing backs, too, ranked in order of their overall rating.

Be sure to take also look at the specifics depending on what you want out of them, like Acceleration and Sprint Speed if you like to hold a high line, or Short Passing if you like to play it our from the back.

Finally, it's worth noting that the FIFA 18 ratings refresh has taken place, tweaking a large amount of player ratings across the board. We've noted the new ratings, where applicable, in a new column on the right of the tables. For the full list, head over to our dedicated FIFA 18 ratings refresh and winter upgrades page.

For other stats-based guides, it's worth taking a look at our list of the highest potential FIFA 18 wonderkids, plus we have pages on the best Goalkeepers, best Midfielders, the best Wingers and best Strikers in the game, too.

FIFA 18 best CB - the best Central Defenders in FIFA

Without further ado then, let's dive in!


FIFA 18 best Centre Backs (CB)

RankPlayerClubOverall RatingPost-update Rating
1 Sergio Ramos Real Madrid 90 -
2 Giorgio Chiellini Juventus 89 -
3 Mats Hummels Bayern Munich 88 -
4 Diego Godín Atlético Madrid 88 -
5 Thiago Silva Paris Saint-Germain 88 -
6 Jérôme Boateng Bayern Munich 88 -
7 Gerard Piqué FC Barcelona 87 -
8 Toby Alderweireld Tottenham Hotspur 86 -
9 David Luiz Chelsea 86 -
10 Sokratis Papastathopoulos Borussia Dortmund 86 -

FIFA 18 best LB and LWB - the best Left Backs and Left Wing Backs in FIFA

There are fewer top quality Left Backs in the game than their centre half counterparts, but still some excellent choices from a variety of leagues.

FIFA 18 best Left Backs and Left Wing Backs (LB and LWB)

RankPlayerClubOverall RatingPost-update Rating
1 Marcelo Real Madrid 87 -
2 Alex Sandro Juventus 86 -
3 David Alaba Bayern Munich 86 -
4 Jordi Alba FC Barcelona 85 -
5 Filipe Luís Atlético De Madrid 85 -
6 Leighton Baines Everton 82 -
7 Danny Rose Tottenham Hotspur 82 -
8 Patrice Evra Marseilles 81 -
9 Marcos Alonso Chelsea 81 82
10 Rodríguez AC Milan 81 -

FIFA 18 best RB and RWB - the best Right Backs and Right Wing Backs in FIFA

There are even fewer top quality Right Backs in FIFA this year, with just Dani Alves breaking into the top 100 players and the rest left out.

FIFA 18 best Right Backs and Right Wing Backs (RB and RWB)

RankPlayerClubOverall RatingPost-update Rating
1Dani AlvesParis Saint-Germain84-
2CarvajalReal Madrid84-
3JuanfranAtletico Madrid83-
4ValenciaManchester United83-
5PiszczekBorussia Dortmund83-
6WalkerMan City8384

Looking for more on FIFA 18? We've gathered all our individual guides together in our main FIFA 18 tips and guide hub, and if you're playing the game's campaign-like story mode, we have a full Journey: Hunter Returns walkthrough. There are also lists of FIFA 18 wonderkids and the best young players, FIFA 18 player ratings, the best strikers, best wingers, best midfielders, best defenders and best goalkeepers. Elsewhere, we have details on five star skillers and skill moves listed, how to score free kicks, penalties and set pieces, and the FIFA 18 best players by position. Fan of Ultimate Team? we look at FIFA 18 Chemistry explained, the new January 2018 and original OTW Ones to Watch cards, along with best Chemistry Styles for each position, and finally how to earn FIFA Coins quickly and for free.

Other things to know about picking the best FIFA Defenders

As we alluded to above, there are a few additional things to bear in mind when choosing your back three, four or five in FIFA 18, with slightly different factors becoming more or less important depending on the mode you're playing.

  • For Career Mode, potential is important too - Some players have higher built-in potential for growth than others, and if you're planning on playing at least two seasons of Career Mode then it's going to have a major impact on your squad. It's also a great way to pick up a bargain, too, so if you're keen on finding some youngsters take the time to go over our detailed list of the best FIFA 18 potential wonderkids and young players, whcih includes some of the finest young defenders in the game.
  • For Ultimate Team, remember you can use Chemistry Styles - Chemistry Styles, if you didn't know, add up to a whopping 90 points to your player's attributes, spread according to the Style you choose. For Centre Backs, the Backbone and Anchor styles are the most popular for pure defenders, with Backbone giving a little extra help in the passing department. For full backs, meanwhile, the Shadow offers pure Pace and Defending stats, and the Backbone again is useful thanks to its help with crossing and passing. You can read more on Chemistry in general in our guide to how FIFA Chemistry works, and likewise the best FIFA 18 Chemistry Styles in our detailed guide to those, too.
  • Think about your style of play when looking at stats - We mentioned this briefly above, but certain defenders will work better in certain situations. Jérôme Boateng is much more phsyical than Gerard Piqué, for example. Generally with Centre Backs you want to compliment physicality with class - think Vidic and Ferdinand in their prime - whilst Full Backs' attributes will depend on whether you want them bombing forward and crossing, or sitting back and purely defending.

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